Women in Science: Chien-Shiung Wu

Chien-Shiung Wu and other scientistsAs we lead up to the release of Battling in All Her Finery, we’re featuring a handful of women in science from history. Check back in the coming weeks to learn more about early women scientific leaders, and check out Battling in All Her Finery when it releases on October 16!

Chien-Shiung Wu was a Chinese-American woman who worked on the Manhattan Project and made contributions to the field of nuclear physics. While working at the Manhattan Project, she helped to develop the process that allows uranium metal to be converted into uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes through the use of gaseous diffusion. After World War II, she studied beta decay and determined that the hypothetical “law of conservation of parity” was invalid. She was the inaugural winner of the Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978.

You can learn more about Chien-Shiung Wu at Wikipedia.

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